WOW: Torrisi Italian Specialties NYC
I usually avoid trendy spots where you have to wait in line to get in. I have yet to try Motorino (voted the best pizza in NYC) because every time we walk by there is a line to get in, even at 11 p.m.
Same goes for Torrisi. Dinner is a fixed price per person, a 7 course meal, it's whatever they are serving that night, written on the chalkboard, no exceptions. The line starts outside at 5:45 pm.
On a recent off hour we decided to give Torrisi a try for lunch.
THIS PLACE IS INSANE (and that means GOOD).
They have only a few lunch items with some daily specials.
Their famous turkey sandwich
Their famous eggplant parmigiana
Their famous chicken parmigiana
On the counter is also an array of antipasti (comes in quarter pound sizes):
Roasted Brussels sprouts
Caponata (Sicilian eggplant relish)
Roasted cauliflower w/ Progresso breadcrumbs
Beets & orange salad
So, we tried one of everything. (my eyes are often bigger than my stomach).
The turkey sandwich is the best turkey sandwich you will ever eat.
I have been hearing how Mario Batali eats one on his way to his restaurants as well as other well known downtown chefs, but how good can a turkey hero be?
On to the eggplant parm.
I have been dying to try this since they opened, because a GOOD eggplant parmigiana is my favorite food in the world. I have lost faith in it lately because I haven't had a good one in years, even my own version has been lackluster lately.
Eggplant has to be done just right, thin and crisp, never mushy, and no ricotta in the mix please.
This was the best eggplant dish I have ever had. Hands down. Winner.
It was so beautiful. Made with house made mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.
Top 10 things I have eaten in life (yes, I am serious).
2 could share it and it was only 10 bucks.
If you find yourself wandering around Little Italy, and don't mind standing in line sometimes, then try Torrisi Italian Specialties.
It is my new favorite place.
update on 3/6: one of my readers sent me the link to the eggplant parmigiana recipe from Torrisi pubished in Food & Wine. Thanks Lisa!
Click here for recipe.